Throughout Maine’s history, individuals have worked to improve and expand medical care, not only for the health of those living in Maine, but for many around the world who need care and help.
In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.
"St. Joseph Healthcare: History." St. Joseph Healthcare. Covenant Health, 2015. Web. 28 May 2015. "St. Joseph Healthcare: Our Services." St.
Bangor: Healthcare Center of Eastern and Central Maine Dr. Willam Castein Mason, Bangor, ca. 1920Eastern Maine Medical Center Text by The 7th…
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to read and analyze letters, literature, and other primary documents and articles of material culture from the MHS collections relating to how people in Maine have given and received healthcare throughout history. Students will discuss the giving and receiving of medicines and treatments from the 18th-21st centuries, the evolving role of hospitals since the 19th century, and how the nursing profession has changed since the Civil War. Students will also look at how people and healthcare facilities in Maine have addressed epidemics in the past, such as influenza and tuberculosis, and what we can learn today from studying the history of healthcare and medicine.